Birth Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 23, 1978
Kobe Bryant is an American professional basketball player and businessperson.
He is the son of Pamela (Cox) and Joe Bryant (Joseph Washington Bryant), a professional basketball player and coach. His parents are both African-American. His parents picked the name Kobe after they saw a type of beef, called Kobe beef, on a restaurant menu. Kobe is a port city in the Kansai area of Japan, famous for its tender fatty marbled beef. However, he has no Japanese heritage. His middle name, Bean, is from his father’s nickname, “Jellybean.”
Kobe, who is fluent in Spanish and Italian, lived in Italy as a young child, from six to thirteen years old, as his father played professional basketball in Italy.
Kobe is married to Vanessa Laine Bryant, who is of Mexican descent. The couple has four children.
His uncle, Chubby Cox (John Arthur Cox III), and cousin, John Cox (John Arthur Cox IV), are both professional basketball players.
On his father’s side, Kobe is the grandson of Joseph Washington Bryant and Georgia Marie.
On his mother’s side, Kobe is the grandson of John Arthur Cox II (the son of John Arthur Cox and Dorothy) and Mildred Williams. Kobe’s grandfather John was born in Pennsylvania.
Sources: Genealogy of Kobe Bryant – https://www.geni.com
Kobe’s maternal grandfather, John Arthur Cox II, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Kobe’s maternal grandfather, John Arthur Cox II – http://www.legacy.com